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Hoosier Hot Shots - AFRS Program 13, circa 1950

May 30th, 2008

While the Hoosier Hot Shots are most well known for their recordings and radio activity of the 1930s and 40s, they did do a little known one season radio program in 1949-1950 for the Mutual network.  I've only run into references to a couple of shows from the series in circulation.

In program 13 in the series as it was distributed by AFRS, the Hot Shots perform "Wait at the Gate for Me Katie", "Meet Me by the Icehouse Lizzie", and "The Nuts Think They're the Berries".  Ken and Alan do "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" on banjos; Helen Gordon sings "But None Like You" and Gil Taylor sings "September in the Rain".  For comedy, there's a sketch with a father telling a "big fish" story to his daughter and a routine about shopping performed by Gabe.  The show features Ford Pearson announcing.

The sketches were really cornpone, even for 1950, and it's odd to hear some "straight" pop musical numbers in the mix, but the Hoosier Hot Shots were still turning out some fun novelty numbers even at this late date.

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